• Street battles in eastern Ukraine town kill nine: ministry

    By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces fought street battles with separatist rebels in the eastern town of Ilovaisk overnight into Wednesday as they sought to isolate rebel strongholds near the Russian border, an Interior Ministry official said. Nine pro-Ukrainian volunteer…

  • Pakistan cleric's supporters attempt to blockade parliament, but MPs escape

    By Katharine Houreld and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back…

  • IAEA report to show Iran meeting nuclear deal terms: diplomats

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog was expected to issue a monthly update later on Wednesday showing Iran is complying with the terms of last year's interim deal with six world powers to curb some of its atomic activities, diplomats said. The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is tasked with…

  • A calmer night in Ferguson: Will the peace last?

    Protests in the racially tense suburb of Ferguson, Mo., took on a more peaceful tone Tuesday night, hours before a grand jury prepared Wednesday to take up the shooting death of unarmed teen Mike Brown. The police still deployed pepper spray against demonstrators – but not tear gas and beanbag…

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  • After Foley murder, an effort to stamp out jihadi Twitter accounts

    The gruesome murder of American journalist James Foley yesterday was an opportunity for the self-styled Islamic State (IS) to put on a propaganda show. The jihadi group uploaded video of the killing to YouTube and Vimeo and its social media team bombarded Twitter – including targeting journalists…

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  • In a first, Indonesia's capital gets an ethnic Chinese governor

    Some 16 years after mobs razed Chinese homes across the city in a spasm of sectarian revenge, Indonesia’s capital is about to have its first ethnic Chinese governor.   Vice Governor Basuki Purnama, better known locally as Ahok, is due to replace his boss, Gov. Joko Widodo who won last month’s…

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  • No tea party break for Democrats in Alaska

    The Democrats have lost their last, best chance at facing a tea party candidate in a crucial Senate race. Sullivan came in first with 40 percent of the vote, followed by tea partyer Joe Miller (32 percent), and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (25 percent). If Mr. Miller had won the Republican nomination,…

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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials…

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

    NUSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security…

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  • Israeli premier: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says he will press forward with a military operation in the Gaza Strip until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory is halted.

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  • Dubai property giant repays debt four years early

    Nakheel, the real estate giant at the heart of Dubai's financial crisis, confirmed Wednesday that it would repay all of its 7.9 billion dirhams ($2.15 billion) bank debt almost four years ahead of schedule. Nakheel, which built high-profile projects including a palm-shaped island in the Gulf and a…

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  • ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy

    Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. "An advance ICRC team crossed into eastern Ukraine this morning, having received security guarantees…

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  • Separatists shoot down Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane - military

    KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 single-seat fighter jet in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. It was now known if the pilot was able to eject or had been killed in the crash, spokesman Andriy Lysenko told Ukrainian…

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  • 'Increasingly likely' Foley's killer British: Cameron

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday it seemed "increasingly likely" that a British jihadist executed the US journalist James Foley. Cameron, who broke off his holidays for meetings on the threat posed by Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria following the beheading,…

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  • AP NewsAlert

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials: Military weighs plan to send a small number of additional troops to Iraq.

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